Some critics say that in Southern literature, the one continuous theme is Place --- the love of the land, of its people, and their goodness (or badness). Writers in our corner of the world would probably argue against any categorization, for their works are diverse, universal, relevant, historical, and apropos for scholar and causal reader alike.
We here in the Rochester, Monroe County, and western New York region are blessed with a multitude of talented writers and illustrators. Many are nationally known for their talents in many categories and genres. They include multiple award winners and honorees who reach a wide audience.
To celebrate these talents, the Central Library has inaugurated a series of displays that feature mementoes and realia from the authors and illustrators themselves. Each display will run for two months and will include thematic, individual, and group exhibits. Currently on display on the second floor of the library's Rundel Memorial Building is Authors at the White House, an exhibit that features memorabilia from invitational visits to the White House by children's authors Linda Sue Park, Mary Jane Auch, Robin Pulver, and Cynthia DeFelice.
In celebration of the Lewis and Clark bicentennial, Carol Johmann's work is highlighted in the display case near circulation in the Bausch & Lomb Public Library Building. During your next visit, check out these displays that illustrate the personalities of our local artists, while introducing their work to the community.
--- Carolyn Schuler
Arts in Action Program Full scholarships available for Hochstein's summer arts camps. 454-4596, www.hochstein.org
Cool Kids CANimals on Parade, All Day Cool Kids Fest, Fri, July 9, Sagawa Park, Main St, Brockport, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. 637-3984, www.brockportny.org.
City Summer Kids Club Mon-Fri through Sept 3. For ages 6-10, various recreation centers, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $50 per week. 428-6767, www.cityofrochester.gov
Harvest International Family Church Mon-Fri, July 12-16. 4647 Reservoir Rd, Geneseo, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 243-9280
Henrietta Public Library Family bingo, Wed, July 7, 7-8 p.m. | Movies, Fri, July 9, 2 p.m. | Red Cross Babysitter's training, Mon, July 12, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. $30. | Family pajama storytime, Mon, July 12, with police deputy and fire chief, for ages 2-8, 7 p.m. | Jumbles, Tues, July 13, 10:30-11:30 a.m. | Toddler storytime, Wed, July 14, 10:30-11 a.m. | 455 Calkins Rd. 359-7093
Mr. Beau the Clown Wed, July 7. Arnett Branch Library, 310 Arnett Blvd, 2:30 p.m. Free. 428-8214
RMSC Strasenburgh Planetarium 657 East Ave. A Trip to Saturn and Pluto, Saturdays 1 p.m. | The Sky Tonight, Sat 10:30 a.m. | I See The Sky, for ages 3-5, Sat 9:30 a.m.| The Beatles Laser, Sat 10 p.m. | Reserve seats. Tix: $4-$7. See "Movies" section for large-format film showings. 271-1880
Rochester Museum and Science Center 657 East Ave. Surprise! It's Science, through May 2005. | Body Carnival: the Science and Fun of Being You, ongoing. | Rochester's Frederick Douglass, through Jan 2006. | Live Science Demos, Wed-Fri 3:30 p.m., Sat 2, 3, 4, Sun 1:30, 2:30, 3:30. | Hours: Mon-Sat 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun 12-5 p.m. Tix: $5-$7. 271-1880, www.rmsc.org.
Seneca Park Zoo 2222 St Paul St. Sat-Sun, July 10-11, Alan Hopkins, live music, 3 p.m. Hours: daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tix: $5, $4 seniors, $2 kids. 467-9453, www.senecazoo.org.
Strong Museum 1 Manhattan Square. Summertime Musical Fun Week, Mon-Fri, July 12-16, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Long-term exhibits include National Toy Hall of Fame, Can You Tell Me How To Get To Sesame Street? and Super Kids Market. | Hours: Mon-Thurs 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fri 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun 12-5 p.m. Tix: $7; $6 seniors, students; $5 children. 263-2700
Summer Food Service Program Free lunch and breakfast for kids under 18, Mon-Fri, various sites. Call for registration and info. 428-7872, 325-1440
Teddi-T Sports Fest Sat, July 10. Youth sports clinics, Monroe Community College, 1000 E Henrietta Rd, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. $15 per clinic. 624-5555, www.campgooddays.org.
Vacation Bible Day Camp Registration Wed, July 7. Trinity Lutheran, 1008 Main St, E Rochester, 7-8 p.m. $5-$15. 586-6088
Victory Fellowship Center Camp Mon-Fri, July 19-30. 1018 Lyell Ave, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $30. 458-9690
Volunteers of America Universal Pre-K Programs Openings available, for 4- and 5-yr-olds, free to city residents, 100 State St or 214 Lake Ave, 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m. 647-1344, 263-3103
Yoga Play for Kids Sat, July 10. Ages 5-10, Yoga and Healing Sanctuary, 34 Elton St, 9-9:45 a.m. $9. 737-6848
Wood Library Mehndi madness, temporary tattoos, Thurs, July 8, 2-4 p.m. | Comic creation and publishing workshop, Mon, July 12, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. | Reel world film series, Tues, July 13, kids in grades 7-12, 6-9 p.m. | 134 N Main St, Canandaigua. 394-1381
Only children under five years old should be allowed to vote. With the wisdom of infancy they see hypocrisy clearly. Imagine a panel of toddlers discussing Washington politics, slicing through the spin, and extracting the essential questions. They care what we do, not what we say. They set their lifelong priorities by the consistency of our behavior. Albert Schweitzer wrote, "Modeling is not aform of education. Modeling is the only form of education."
I wonder how much the conduct of leaders and despots reflects their upbringing. What were Saddam Hussein's Mommy and Daddy like? We know who our current President's parents are but not how they parented his toddlerhood, when it mattered. How did the parents of 19 young men raise them to believe fervently that their highest achievement would be to use airliners full of innocents as bombs?
I often recommend that parents construct questions about a child's misbehavior from the child's point of view. Can I keep eating if I throw food? If I run toward the street do I get to stay outside? What happens if I don't put my toys away? Will you change your mind if I keep crying... in public? Can I hurt people? How many times do I need to misbehave before you decide to act instead of talk? All of these questions help your child to form an opinion about how you want the world to be.
Our children keep testing our values with their oppositional behavior until they are satisfied with rules and limits enforced with consistent, meaningful consequences. The meal is over. No more outside play today. No toys for now. Crying costs choices. When you hurt people, even by accident, you lose the privilege of social interaction. When we do not provide clear, respectful answers, our children become grownups who keep testing, eventually hurting others.
When next you are tempted to give a child attention for misbehavior or choices they have not earned, ask yourself: How do I want their world to be?
--- Laurence I. Sugarman, MD